Japanese Forms

Date: 23rd March 2019

Time: 10.30am-1pm

Location: JRR Tolkien Room, City Central Library, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3RS.

Simon will be joining David Bingham to run a poetry writing workshop on Japanese forms (haiku, tanka and haibun). If you have an interest in finding out more about these intriguing and mercurial forms of poetry then come along. Offa’s Press is publishing an anthology of ‘Japanese forms’ by West Midland poets in October 2019. Tickets £7/ £5 on the door or can be reserved by contacting Simon

The Poetry of Worcestershire

Date: 6th April 2019

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD.

Join Simon Fletcher and Michael W. Thomas for an absorbing poetry writing workshop on the poetry of Worcestershire. Simon and Michael will encourage those attending to produce some new work on the county’s heritage and how it is today. So if you’re passionate about the river Severn, the Malvern Hills, the cathedral, the porcelain, cricket at New Road, Vesta Tilley, Elgar or the asparagus harvest come along. If you’re interested in the present and today’s issues you’re also very welcome. Tickets £5 on the door.

In the autumn Offa’s Press is publishing an anthology of The Poetry of Worcestershire. To date its three ‘county’ anthologies have been ‘recommended reading’ as selected by West Midland librarians. Submission details for this anthology will be shared at the workshop.

City Voices

Date: 9th April 2019

Time: 7.30-9pm

Location: The Light House, Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT.

Simon will be MC for a wonderful and varied evening of poems and stories at the Light House including Kenton Samuels, Nirmal Orjally, Rob Francis, Nellie Cole and Brendan Hawthorne. Tickets £3 on the door. All welcome.

Permission to Speak

Date: 10th April 2019

Time: 8pm

Location: Claptrap the Venue, 108a High Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EE.

Simon will be reading a few poems alongside Offa’s pamphleteers Ros Woolner, John Woodall, Nellie Cole and Jeff Phelps at this lively venue. There is also an open mic and the host is Rob Francis. Free.

Country Voices

Date: 20th April 2019

Time: 2.30-4pm

Location: The Meadow Inn, Buildwas Road, Ironbridge, TF8 7BJ.

Join us under the cooling towers for an exciting afternoon of new poems and stories from Lizzie Prudence, Bo Crowder and Kerry Hadley.

Tickets £4 on the door.